Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Choose this low fat cake recipe for a light, chocolate dessert! Chocolate Angel Food Cake has delicious flavor and is simply beautiful with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

chocolate angel food cake with two slices cut

Chocolate Angel Food Cake Recipe

From Scratch Chocolate Angel Food Cake. Just look at the texture on this cake. Delicious, right? This easy homemade cake is stunning with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a drizzling of chocolate. You can also use it as a new way to serve strawberry shortcake when fresh summer berries are ready to harvest. Chocolate and strawberries? Yum!

Low Fat Cake Recipe

Have your healthy and eat your cake, too! This low-fat cake recipe is a great option for when you’re watching your fat intake yet need something just a little sweet. There is zero fat in this cake recipe and only 173 calories per slice if you slice the cake into 12 slices. Sounds like a great after-dinner snack to me!

How to Make Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Making homemade angel food cake isn’t as difficult as you may think. There are three important steps.

  1. Sift the dry ingredients together. Cocoa powder often times has little lumps when you measure it out. You don’t want those lumps in your angel food cake. Sifting is definitely a “don’t skip” step!
  2. Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until they hold stiff peaks. I highly recommend a stand mixer for this. Your arm will get tired if you use anything else. Also, be sure your bowls and utensils are free of any hint of grease or the eggs will not beat stiff. Add the sugar and vanilla once the eggs are beaten.
  3. Gently fold together the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Be careful on this step. Angel food cake is delicate and you want to be sure you are not mixing the fluffy eggs too fast or hard.

How to Cool Angel Food Cake

It’s important to cool angel food cake upside down. Angel food cake pans have “feet” on the top outer ring. Those feet allow the pan to rest upside down on top of three glasses. Why cool angel food cake upside down? You want the cake to stay fluffy, tall and not fall as it cools. Immediately invert the cake when it comes out of the oven and let it cool completely upside down.

chocolate angel food cake on a plate A piece of chocolate cake on a plate

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Tools Needed to Make Angel Food Cake

    • Stand Mixer: A hand mixer will work, but I always find it easier to froth eggs with a stand mixer.
    • Angel Food Cake Tube Pan: I find that traditional aluminum pans work best.
    • Flour Sifter: Because you should always take the extra step to sift flour for excellent results.
easy cake recipe with only egg whites
easy cake recipe with only egg whites

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

3.95 from 51 votes
Choose this low fat cake recipe for a light, chocolate dessert! Chocolate Angel Food Cake has delicious flavor and is simply beautiful with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • Sift together the flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer and using the wire whisk attachment, mix together the cream of tartar and egg whites. Beat the whites until they hold stiff peaks.
  • Add the vanilla, then the sugar ½ cup at a time, beating between each addition.
  • Gently fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture.
  • Spoon the batter into an ungreased angel food cake tube pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately invert the pan, standing it upside down on 3 glasses that are equal in height for support.
  • Allow the cake to cool upside down completely, then slide a knife around the sides and center of the pan to loosen the cake.
  • Remove the cake to a plate.
  • Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate syrup, if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container.



Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 153mg | Sugar: 29g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 173

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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